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The Next Chapter with Charlie

For the last 20 years, I was an Executive Coach to CEO’s of larger corporations. Now I am moving on to MY Next Chapter. I invite you to join me in this journey. It makes no difference if you are retiring or making any significant change to your life. We are all on the same path. So tune in and tag along as we give insights and inspirations on how you can create your own NEXT CHAPTER. We will talk about “what you can do next.” It might deal with transition, desire, curiosity, loss, or anything else that has to do with our Next Chapter in Life.
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May 30, 2018

Show Notes 

For the last three shows I have attempted to discover the basic tenets of atheism, theism and a form of Hallucinogenic Spirituality, all in an effort to understand how people approach their inner and outer lives.

After the three shows aired Paul asked a handful of people their impressions of the show. The overwhelming response was: we just don’t really care at all about religion or politics—both are so messed up. 

So Paul and I at the last minute decided to take on this subject, no notes, no plan. Except: to talk about why so many people are not interested in voting, declaring party affiliation and even more important the subject of God. 

The result was a fascinating discussion. I hope you enjoy.

You can get more information and regular updates from Charlie at thenextchapter.life

May 23, 2018

Show Notes  

For the last two shows I have attempted to discover the basic tenets of atheism and theism in an effort to understand how people approach their inner and outer lives. In the theistic case we would call it spirituality. 

Well, today I plan to discuss spirituality through a third medium—an hallucinogen called Ayahuasca, the chemical that the scientist Rick Strassman called the “Spirit Molecule” in the 1990’s.

I’ve discovered several substances that would have once been referred to as recreational drugs, are now being studied by major institutions like Johns Hopkins and the University of San Francisco, especially regarding the use of psilocybin for managing PTSD, Depression and Anxiety.

But today, we are here to talk about the medicinal use of the plants that make up the hallucinogen, Ayahausca. My studies show that thousands of people from around the world travel to the Amazon every year to drink Ayahuasca for mental health conditions including alcoholism, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and drug addiction.

My guest today, whom I will refer to as Dan, has attended 18 Ayahuasca ceremonies and is a strong advocate of the medicinal advantages of the chemical, physically, mentally and spiritually. Dan is not a druggie. In fact he seasoned business executive with an MBA and 30 years experience in founding and running businesses. Dan was also an officer in the Marine Corp. Obviously, Dan is not your typical recreational drug user. Finally Dan has been happily married for 20 years, chose not to procreate and likes to save needy dogs.

So, let’s get onto educating ourselves on the advantages or disadvantages of the use of Ayahuasca, Strassman’s “Spirit Molecule”. 

 

You can get more information and regular updates from Charlie at thenextchapter.life

May 15, 2018

Show Notes 

Last week, we filled up most of an hour on the subject of Atheism—not in an effort to disclaim it, but rather to better understand it. I think it was a great show. In fact, it was one of my favorites.

Well, today I want to give equal time to Theism. I decided to do the show primarily through the eyes of a Christian priest, Fr Robert Edwards who is the Rector (or lead minister) of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA-which is my home church. And Robert is also a very close friend. He and I talk about this stuff all the time.

Today will be another “discovery” show where my objective is to learn even more about a very common topic—Theism, or the belief in God. Data shows that most of my listeners would more readily align themselves with Christianity than with Atheism. But my question is, “Why is that so?”

You can reach Fr Rob at robert.edwards@stmarg.org

 

You can get more information and regular updates from Charlie at thenextchapter.life

May 1, 2018

Show Notes 

Let me begin our show today with a question? Consider this rather long list of names: Woody Allen, Isaac Asimov, Kevin Bacon, George Carlin, Jodi Foster, Joyce Carol Oates, Brad Pitt, Ayn Rand, Oliver Sacks, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Charles Bukowski, Ursula K LeGuinn, Pablo Neruda, Virginia Wolfe, Stephen Hawking, Sir Richard Branson, and Bertrand Russell. What do all these famous and intelligent people have in common?

When I add the name Sam Harris to the list you might know: they are all atheists. And all of them have also contributed significantly to the value of the value of society and the world. They have made huge impact on the poor and disenfranchised as well as initiated critical thinking about the state of life and the universe. 

So, today I am choosing to go off my normal grid and talk curiously about the subject of Atheism. I am genuinely curious. I ‘d like to know what atheism is and even more important what it isn’t, why a person would adopt a-theism over theism. My hope today is to simply understand a general overall perspective of the atheism. Many very bright and compassionate people have come to the atheistic conclusion through deep study, listening to their “moral compass,” and have often suffered some sort of restrained cynicism about what they believe and don’t believe.

My very special guest today is Matthew Sitton. Matthew is a thoughtful man, fluent in conversational Japanese, and spent one year in Japan teaching English.

 

Matthew Sitton is a Southern California native who is openly atheist. Matthew grew up a Christian but found himself leaving religion in his early adult life. A combination of time abroad, self-reflection, and extensive reading lead Matthew to find that he could live a progressive and moral life without theism or other supernatural beliefs. Matthew believes that a worldview without these attachments affirms our ability and responsibility to live meaningful, ethical lives—lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Matthew now identifies himself as a humanist and tries to live his life [I really like this part] tries to life his life informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion.

I have been looking forward to this time for about three weeks now. Finally we get to talk on air about the fascinating topic of atheism. 

FOR ALL MY LISTENERS PLEASE NOTE: MY PURPOSE WITH THIS SHOW IS TO SATISFY MY CURIOSITY ABOUT ATHEISM; NOT TO GET INTO ANY DEBATE OF THEISM VS A-THEISM. I WANT TO LEARN AND I HOPE YOU DO AS WELL.

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